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04/06/20 Newsletter

Shutdown... work from home... redesigned family life

Hot Issue

The Southbridge II approved project that has a referendum challenge will be on the April 7th city council agenda (starts 5 pm).  According to the city staff narrative in the city council’s agenda packet:
 “Goal/Purpose of Request:  The applicant is making the requests stated above (ed.note: all the approved ordinances are listed) to repeal the previously adopted rezoning of the property and associated alleyway abandonments, development agreement and purchase and sale agreement for the Rose Garden parking lot.”
If the council majority votes to approve the SpringCreek Development request to repeal the December Council project approval, the 5th Avenue and Stetson land parcels south of the AZ Canal will remain  as now until another project is approved. The time delay caused by the uncertainty of the Referendum status resulted in some included land parcels to fail to meet the close of escrow deadlines—so can no longer be included in the project.
If the council majority votes to deny the request to repeal/withdraw, the developer has insufficient land to build the project as approved. The company can build within current guidelines for the area that include land use (apartments, hotel, and/or retail), height and density or sell all or some of the parcels to recover current losses.
PUBLIC COMMENT AND INPUT is possible although you are not allowed inside the city hall/Kiva nor will have microphone access for Public Comment. The council meeting will be televised on Cox Cable Channel 11 and livestreamed at without the public physically present due to the coronavirus pandemic. The public can comment via email to at least one hour prior to the 5 pm start or submit comments here .


TOPICS THIS on title to jump to text

Recent City Council decisions of interest

Next city council meeting agenda items of interest

General Plan Update --if you are keeping track
Update on Land Cases 2020
Closed until further notice
Job Seekers
Scottsdale Mayoral and Council Candidate update


Recent City Council decisions  of interest

Should food for home consumption continued to be taxed? –Continued 4 to 3 vote Councilwoman Milhaven made a motion to continue Item 24 until a vote of the Council decides to put it back on the agenda.  Vice Mayor Littlefield seconded the motion, which carried 4/3, with Vice Mayor Littlefield and Council members Korte, Milhaven, and Whitehead voting in the affirmative and Mayor Lane and Councilmembers Klapp and Phillips dissenting

Approved : Lomas Verdes Estates Final Plat (5-PP-2017) the final plat for a new residential subdivision comprised of six lots and amended development standards on an 8±-acre site with Single-Family Residential, Environmentally Sensitive Lands, Foothills Overlay (R1-43/ESL/FO) zoning. Location:  Southeast corner of E. Redbird Road and N. 64th Street

Approved: Naming of the Fraesfield Trailhead Interpretive Trail and the Gateway Trailhead Amphitheater –Adopted Resolution No. 11735 to authorize naming the following locations in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve: 1. The Fraesfield Trailhead Interpretive Trail in honor of Kathryn “Sam” Campana. 2. The Gateway Trailhead Amphitheater in honor of Mary Manross

Approved: Paiute Neighborhood Center Women, Infants and Children Program Revocable License Agreement  Request:  Adopt Resolution No. 11732 authorizing Agreement No. 2017-142-COS-A1, the first amendment to the agreement with Maricopa County, to use space at Paiute Neighborhood Center to operate the Women, Infants, and Children Program. Staff Contact(s):  Greg Bestgen, Human Services Director, 480-312-0104,

Continued: South Scottsdale Mixed-Use Rezoning (14-ZN-2018) Request:  Continue to a date to be determined.  1000 Scottsdale Road   City contact for details 480-312-2664,

Approved: Bond 2019 Capital Improvement Project Budget Transfer  Request:Adopt Resolution No. 11754 authorizing a FY 2019/20 General Fund Capital Contingency Budget Appropriation Transfer in the amount of $2,000,000 to a newly created capital improvement project titled “53 – Build Multi-Use Sports Fields in the Area of Bell Road” to be funded by General Obligation Bond 2019 Proceeds. (This transfer partially funds this project.)

Note: on March 24th the city council approved an Emergency Proclamation 7 to 0 vote. Earlier last week, Scottsdale canceled all special events hosted by the city, as well as those scheduled to take place at city facilities. For the next eight weeks per guidance from federal, state and county public health departments, municipal libraries, recreation centers and pools are closed. While core city services such as water, solid waste, police and fire will remain fully operational, other departments, such as planning and development, are encouraging the public to avoid visiting in person and instead take advantage of online access to services and information. Read the declaration here


Next Council Meeting is April 7th
by live stream or Channel 11 (You can’t get with Direct TV)

Agenda # 11 Old Town Scottsdale Bicycle Master Plan Agreement  Request:  Adopt Resolution No 11742 authorizing Agreement No. 2020-053-COS with Maricopa Association of Governments for the development of the Old Town Scottsdale Bicycle Master Plan for a total program cost of $173,215.16 with a City of Scottsdale match in the amount of $34,643.03

Agenda # 13 Reappointment of Pro Tem Judges for City Court Request:  Adopt Resolution No. 11726 authorizing the following reappointments of Pro Tem Judges for a four-year term for the period of May 18, 2020, through May 17, 2024:  James Blomo, Jacqueline Kochis-Chapman, Susan Kayler, Lori Metcalf, Peter Reinstein, and Robert Ventrella. Staff Contact(s):  Joseph Olcavage, Presiding Judge, 480-312-2775, c/o

# 15 Scottsdale Public Library Late-Fine Free Request:   1. Adopt Resolution No. 11745 authorizing the Scottsdale Public Library becoming a late-fine free library without an adverse impact to the current operating budget as recommended by the Scottsdale Library Board and establishing an effective date of July 1, 2020.  OR  2. Adopt a motion to direct staff to continue the Library’s Amnesty Program through May 31, 2020, and report back to Council with Scottsdale community specific results relating to the impact of fine elimination and the fiscal impact on the Library’s operating budget.  Presenter(s):  Bill Murphy, Assistant City Manager; Kira Peters, Library Director   Staff Contact(s):  Kira Peters, Library Director, 480-312-2691,
#16 Southbridge II – Request to Repeal (22-ZN-2018, 19-AB-2018, and 4-DA-2019)  See the HOT ISSUE on the first page of this COGS E-Newsletter for details. Note how to make Public Comment to the council prior to the hearing.


General Plan Update --if you are keeping track


 What is suppose to guide city decisions to approve or disapprove development and land requests? Answer: A combination of the General Plan/residents’ vision and Character Area Plans that celebrate the uniqueness of geographic areas of our city and zoning ordinances. The problem is that Scottsdale had not complied with the 10-year update and we still use the GP 2001 (yes! 19 yr. old). Nine COGS members served for 1.5 years on the 2011-2012 GP Task Force as 25 total people were appointed by the city council. Impressive community input resulted in new sections being added that were important to the community vision—some for preservation, health and welfare, protection of Desert Rural Residential large lot areas, and tweaking to update 2001 text. In a study session, the city council shelved the draft with statements like, “too lengthy”, “too detailed”,"is  a policy document and not a zoning [control] document" and some did not support the inclusion that required a  a super-majority vote from council to approve subdividing desert acreage greater than ten acres. The draft went on the shelf. Today our city is operating under the old 2001 GP by adding a couple of  newly required state sections. 

                                     Where to find two of the General Plan drafts:


NOW: A 2020 General Plan Review Committee was drawn from current Boards and Commissions to meet in web forums (not face to face). They are scheduled two days this week. There is no opportunity for the public to view, listen in or participate. COGS learned this weekend that there was a March 31st to April 4th period announced somewhere for Public Comment online.

Update on Land Cases 2020

7020 E Indian School   GREAT NEWS for preservationists—Doug Sydnor has been hired by the new development team. They are working on options to “save” the former city hall “triangle” building. It may  be incorporated into the new hotel design or some other appropriate Sydnor architectural preservation magic. Congratulations to Christie Kinchen, Historic Preservation Commissioner, for her diligence.
7373 E Shea Blvd   A new assisted living and memory care facility will soon submit application. They sent a comment-request letter to the surrounding area and have a 24-hour website up today (Mon. Ap 6th).  At link If you missed commenting on the website, you can contact Technical Solutions AZ at 602 957 3434 and get questions answered or leave your comment.
Camelback and 73rd Street The Waterview residential component on the western side of 73rd St and north of Camelback Road has a new owner. Construction dates have not been announced.  
6909 E. Chaparral Road  Owner is requesting abandonment of the south five feet of the 40 ft right of way on the northern property line. The hearing is Wednesday, April 22nd at 5 pm before the Planning Commission in the Kiva (city hall). The case is 1-AB-2020 to review it online at


Closed until further notice

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Old Town Parada del Sol Rodeo Museum
Scottsdale Historical Museum in the Little Red Schoolhouse
Dog and children’s city parks, and equipment
Preserve facilities
City tennis courts and ball fields
OPEN   Golf courses and Trails—keep spaced from other hikers
CANCELED  COGS spring buffet for readers and members. Stay tune for rescheduled date.


Job Seekers:

Although this may not seem like the most opportune time to find a new career, companies are hiring and Scottsdale businesses need you now more than ever. Check out the job board, Scottsdale.Jobs for Scottsdale based positions.


Scottsdale Mayoral and Council Update

Candidates are hoping for the 3 vacant council seats and one mayoral seat. The Primary election is August 4th.when the finalist will move on to the November ballot.  At this time there are 6 interested in being mayor and 9 for a city council seat. The filing deadline is this evening.
COGS will send an issues questionnaire to all candidates to establish their opinions and solutions. The returned questionnaires will be posted immediately on our website for the public to review. Our 2020 membership will then receive a survey to send their endorsement recommendation(s) to the COGS Board of Directors. COGS as an organization may support any number from None to 1 for mayor and none to 3 for city council.
As a public service, the COGS newsletter will publish ALL Meet n Greet events that qualified candidates schedule and ALL other organization forums presenting the candidates for public evaluation. Please send your information to . "Qualified" means the Scottsdale City Clerk has certified the candidate to be on the official ballot—no write in candidates, please.



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Note: A COGS member newsletter will come to our 2020 members later this week. It will include information on open Board of Director positions, city council questionnaires, member survey on endorsements (if any) and other topics for April city issues and council agenda items.

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